Tribeca Film Festival: "Life Partners" Review

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Two codependent best friends - one straight girl, one lesbian - and the man who comes between them.
3.5

Life Partners
Directed By: Susanna Fogel

Life Partners is a fun, witty, and grounded comedy about two friends dealing with the ups and downs of a codependent friendship.

Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs play two best friends who spend the majority of their adult life inseparable from one another. Leighton Meester stars as Sasha, a young single lesbian struggling to find herself and get motivated in her music career. Paige (Jacobs) plays Sasha’s best friend, who has a successful law career and a relatively grounded outlook on life.

Everything changes when Paige meets Tim, played by Adam Brody, and the two begin to dive head first into their new and exciting relationship. Leaving little time for Sasha, Paige is forced to face a lot of the issues that come with growing up and entering new relationships.

The drama of the film comes from an honest place, which keeps Life Partners from ever feeling too much like another cheesy romantic comedy. The film is not only fresh but also funny, offering an interesting perspective on the balance between love and friendship.

Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs make an entertaining pair on-screen, with Adam Brody bringing a needed comedic injection. All three actors are funny in their own right, but the combination of their comedy styles make for some real laugh out loud moments. On the flip side, they are all able to carry the serious scenes, which keep the story moving and, in the end, deliver a product that has both heart and substance.